Fatah cancels Arafat memorial in Gaza over security

By REUTERS
November 9, 2014 18:26

 
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GAZA - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement said on Sunday it had cancelled a commemoration rally planned in Gaza for its late leader Yasser Arafat, in another setback to a unity pact with the territory's Islamist Hamas rulers.

Two days after explosions rocked houses of Fatah leaders in Gaza, the group said it had to call off Tuesday's event after Hamas and security services loyal to it said they would not be able to secure the rally.

The cancellation was another sign of tension between the two movements, which agreed on a unity pact in April in an effort to overcome deep political rifts that led to a brief civil war in 2007, when Hamas fighters seized Gaza from Fatah.

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